Working from home doesn’t mean you have to use outdated office equipment or work from your living room sofa. Bring your home office up to date with high-tech options that revolutionize your phone communications, the way you present your work and even your desk space itself. With the right equipment, you can make the most of even limited office space to hit new heights of productivity, practicality and organization, even as you maintain your personal comfort.
You may already have a landline phone at your home and a personal smartphone as well; however, chances are you don’t want your business calls directed to either of those phone lines — which makes VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, a great home office solution. This internet-based phone service is usually cheaper than either landline or mobile phones, and it typically comes with the same free long-distance calling you get on your cellphone, in addition to low-cost or free international calling. You can even get your voice messages forwarded to your cellphone or sent to you by email. Many internet service providers offer VoIP. You can also use a dedicated provider such as Vonage. You can link a multi-line phone to your service to tie in your home landline, but one drawback is that you can’t send faxes over a VoIP phone.
Leverage Your Desk Space
If you’re working from a small office desk, you know how important it is to keep it tidy. Boost your productivity with a desktop organizer that fits between your computer keyboard and your monitor. You can fill it with notes to yourself, as well as the office supplies you need most frequently, whether those are Post-it notes, pencils, erasers or your stash of candy. Look for an organizer that lets you charge all your wireless devices at the same time to add to its efficiency.
A multifunction printer is a must for a productive home office. Choose a printer that lets you not only print, but also scan, copy and send faxes. Wi-Fi enabled printers let you print from your computer at the touch of a key; you can even set your printer up in a different room without the hassle of cables and connectors. Some printers that have a footprint small enough for a home office come with multiple paper trays. Save money long-term by choosing a printer that can handle double-sided printing, and look for printers that connect not only to your computer but also to your smartphone. These allow you to print a document someone emails you instantly.
If you work out of a home office, you may head out for meetings or presentations frequently. Make sure that your work stays backed up and that you have access to it anywhere you go by using cloud services as well as physical backups. High-tech options include flash drives that come with password protection for security and that also upload all their files to your choice of cloud provider. This type of service guarantees that you can always access your data even in the event of a catastrophic data loss or a stolen computer.
Leveraging up-to-date, high-tech options in your home office lets you enhance your productivity, while it also makes heading to work more enjoyable. Even if your commute is only a few feet away from the living room TV, your home office can provide you with comfort, efficiency and communication all at the same time.